Founded in 2011 by Annette Philip, the first Indian musician appointed as a faculty member at Berklee College of Music, the Berklee Indian Ensemble is a GRAMMY-nominated world-renowned collective known for its global Indian sound that honors traditions while boldly experimenting with genre, culture, and multidisciplinary art. The Ensemble gained global recognition for landmark collaborations with Grammy and Academy Award-winning artists like A.R. Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal, Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, and more.
A viral sensation with over 300 million views (accounting for 70% of Berklee’s total YouTube views), the Ensemble was in such high demand globally that it organically transitioned into a full-time professional band in 2021, marking the Ensemble’s 10-year anniversary. This pro-touring entity is led by members representing India, Jordan, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Indonesia, Norway, the USA, and other regions across the globe. In July 2022, the ensemble released their debut album, Shuruaat, a collection of 10 songs featuring 98 musicians from 32 countries. Shuruaat was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Global Music Album at the 65th GRAMMY Awards. The Ensemble will be touring the continental United States in March and April 2023 with an 8-piece band of all-star musicians from the last decade.
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